New York comes into this series after outscoring Baltimore 25-11 in a two-game set.
“We’ve got a little bit of a run going,” manager Joe Torre said. “We’re facing a very tough ballclub. We haven’t seen them since spring training, but they’re certainly a good team. It’s no fluke. It’s up to us to continue the aggressiveness we’ve shown here the past few days.”
In Tuesday’s 12-3 win, the resurgent Jason Giambi hit one of four Yankees homers—his third in two days.
Giambi has eight hits in his past 19 at-bats (.421) and 15 in his past 41 (.366), raising his average from .238 to .268.
“It’s just a completely different lineup with Jason. It makes it devastating for any pitcher to pitch to us; they can’t really breathe,” said Alex Rodriguez. “He’s very confident. His bat is flying through the zone. For us, he’s a major piece of our puzzle if he’s swinging the way he is right now.”
Cleveland’s Kevin Millwood will try to slow down the Yankees.
Millwood allowed all four runs in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Baltimore. He walked five and struck out three.
“I really didn’t feel like I pitched all that well the whole game.” Millwood said. “I walked like five guys, and when you walk that many people against an offense like these guys have, you’re going to have a hard time winning.”
Cleveland come into this series having dropped its last two games.
The Indians have struggled, despite the hot bat of Travis Hafner, who hit his 18th homer of the year in Wednesday’s 7-3 loss. It was his eighth homer in 12 games.
“Is he hot, or what?” Tigers manager Alan Trammell asked about Hafner, who his hitting .387 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs over his last 32 games.